By examining the Bible, the ante-Nicene fathers, and the essence of Christianity itself, this article affirms the value of long-term or full-time Christian scholarship. It dispels doubts about the place of extended teaching, writing, and study in Christianity as a religion which stresses direct, tangible assistance to the unfortunate.
Assuming the validity of relational ministry in Christian Education, the author describes selected theological concepts that he believes provide a foundation for a relational ministry. Both those using the traditional and contemporary approaches can use relational approaches and still be consistent with their theological perspectives.
In order to understand the nature of intercultural learning, a literature search was conducted. Three analogous categories from theories of culture and developmental psychology provide a framework for identifying types of intercultural education and for categorizing methods to facilitate such learning. Questions for further research and for missiology are suggested.
It is important for Christian educators to examine how ministers perceive population trends that will affect older-adult ministry. A delphi study of current programs, present trends, and predicted changes is reported in this article. Implications for ministerial preparation are discussed, and practical applications to church ministry are presented.
Women and men in educational ministry have vast differences in what they do, how long they stay, and what issues they must deal with. This article presents, analyzes, and discusses these differences, and looks for ways to counter the forces moving women out of educational ministry.
The intent of this study was to examine the attitudes of church leaders toward selected sexuality and family-life issues, and to consider which sexuality-related needs of their congregations they are addressing, how often, and in what manner.
With boomers and busters already showing lower reading rates, we have effectively entered the era of the electronic/oral culture, contends the author. Yet most Bible study materials and methods currently being utilized are designed for the literate culture, thus effectively excluding to some degree most Americans and most of the inhabitants of this planet. It is time to consider how to minister to traditionally oral people as well as the electronic/oral people in our churches.